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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 8, 2010 5:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Newbies! / light into ashes/ dead ATL

I've been listening to 85% GD for the last 5 years. I started in the early 70's and loved it for a while, then got curious. My first forays into the 80s were pretty disappointing to say the least. I found I could not just click on a random show like I could in '72 or '73 and hear something brilliant.

Instead, I moved backwards and started from the beginning, loving those early primal sounds. Jerry's hyper guitar and Pigpen's blues mastery and leadership as well as Bill Kreutzmann's innovative styling in the beginning are super impressive. Over time, I began to pay more and more attention to Bob Weir and the evolution of his playing. For the last year or more I have been totally enamored with his playing style and it has influenced my own playing greatly.

Once I got bored of hearing the limited number of songs played in the late 60's, I became open to the early 80's because of the availability of super high quality AUDs and Matrix recordings from this era (Greek 5-83, Frost 10-82, Fall '83 tour). This is not the same band by far. Jerry is much less out front and Brent brings such a different feel. The breakout of Help>Slip>Franklin's for '83 is FANTASTIC.

The mini-era of January '78 is HOT. Fall '79 is HOT. 84-86 have Jerry in pretty frail condition but there are some enjoyable shows for sure. Post-coma has some really nice moments as well. Hell, even those Hornsby/Welnick shows are palatable and even exciting at times!

Someone recently posted about 3-2-81 there's a whole lotta magic there.

Right now diggin' :

I'm not crazy about Brent's piano tone but it definitely got better in the early 80's. Hell, I am just happy to be able to hear the keyboards contributing to the flow of the songs and jams - something missing during late '78, early '79.

Oh Yeah, and Furthur is ON FIRE. I am not going to deny that is not the real deal, and hearing them live there were moments of vacuum to the music where I could feel the band as a whole (and JK especially) unwilling to take the plunge. BUT when they are all digging in and jamming the music they are creating is new and fresh and exciting! Sunday's show from Colorado is HOTNESS.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Mar 8, 2010 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hey Newbies! / light into ashes/ dead ATL

The Estimated > Eyes from this show is INCREDIBLE. The Shakedown really jams hard as well - Jerry's voice could never reach the pristine quality of the album recording but at least he doesn't blow any lines badly. First solo is incredible, and the jam really goes places :)